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Major bulletin error leads to confusion for 50,000 immigrants

Any person who is in the U.S. on a visa or is waiting to come to the U.S. for a job or to reconnect with non-immediate relatives checks monthly bulletins published on the State Department's website regularly. These bulletins include information on priority dates and let people know when they are able to either submit an application for a visa to come to the U.S. or change their status to a lawful permanent resident.

The bulletins kick-off the last step of obtaining a green card. This means a status adjustment and greater flexibility and protections for people who become permanent residents. However, a recent mix-up in the September bulletin led to thousands of immigrants confused about whether they can proceed with the process or not.

What do you think about talent-based immigration?

Immigration is a highly complex and sensitive issue for people all around the globe, and unfortunately, the immigration system in this country is similarly complex. Considering the diversity of immigrants as well as their needs and goals, it may not be surprising that over time, immigration laws and procedures in this country have expanded, changed and contracted considerably.

This has turned the current system into one that is enormously complicated and overburdened. Some argue that it is time to overhaul the system in favor of more simplistic approaches, but is that a realistic option?

Can I pursue legal action after an attack?

When people think about a property owner's duty to keep premises safe, they often think of responsibilities like cleaning up wet floors, putting a fence around a pool and keeping stairwells clear. However, there are other conditions that could put people in danger which property owners may need to address as well.

If a person is injured because of a personal attack or other form of violence on someone's property, there may be grounds for the victim to pursue a legal claim citing premises liability. However, these cases can be particularly thorny and complicated because it can be very difficult to determine whether inadequate security was a factor. If it wasn't, properly owners may not be liable for acts of violence.

What to expect if you are facing removal proceedings

If you have recently been served with a Notice to Appear and are concerned that you could be deported or removed from the U.S., you can undoubtedly be very frightened. Leaving the country can mean leaving behind your loved ones and having to go to a country where you may not feel safe or comfortable.

It won't help the situation if you are unsure of what to expect from the deportation process, which can be legally complicated and emotionally taxing. However, having some information on what you may be able to expect can ease some anxiety and help you prepare for the road ahead.

Differences between US citizens, lawful permanent residents

The topic of immigration has long been a contentious one in the U.S. Despite the fact that this country was built on the idea that it should be a place for "huddled masses yearning to breathe free," immigration continues to be a thorny, complicated issue. Too many people see the issue as a black-and-white one: people are either citizens or living here unlawfully.

However, there are numerous statuses people can have which give them different rights, options and protections. For example, there are many differences between being a U.S. citizen and being a Lawful Permanent Resident. Knowing what these are can help people understand what, if any, restrictions are in place and therefore hopefully avoid violations or legal issues. 

Injured by a defective product? What you need to know

Readers of this blog may be somewhat familiar with the concept of product liability. You may know that if a product is defective or causes serious damage or injuries, the manufacturer can potentially be held liable. However, while this may be true, it can also oversimplify product liability claims.

In reality, these types of claims can be very complex. Building a case is not as easy as saying a product caused you or a loved one to be hurt, which is why it can be crucial to have legal support in the event that you have in fact been injured or lost a loved one due to a defective product.

Employees in tech industry struggle with immigration issues

Many people who come to the U.S. for work do so in order to get a job in the technology industry. People from all over the world are sought after to come work in highly advanced tech jobs. Unfortunately, many of them face some difficult challenges in regards to their career, citizenship and family when they ultimately do get a job here.

The author of this article that appeared in TechCrunch recently called out some of these challenges that he has personally experienced, which may help other people anticipate some of the obstacles that lay ahead if they are currently trying to or have recently come to the U.S. for work in the tech industry.

When are children granted citizenship automatically?

Becoming a U.S. citizen can be one of the most significant events in a person's life. People often put a lot of work and time into becoming a citizen, whether they do so through marriage or after years of living here with a green card.

For some people, the path to citizenship can begin the moment they are born and it may be largely out of their control. When it comes to children becoming U.S. citizens, it can be up to the parents and other relatives to take the necessary steps to help that child become a citizen. In some cases, however, citizenship may be automatic.

What types of hazards are property owners expected to remove?

Whenever you visit someone's home, run to the mall or meet friends for dinner at a restaurant, the last thing you might expect is that an otherwise routine trip could end with serious injuries. Unfortunately, this is the exact situation that many people find themselves in when they are victims of unsafe premises.

Property owners are expected to keep premises safe for people who are legally allowed to be on a site. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen and people get hurt because a hazard was not properly addressed. In these situations, victims may have grounds to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. If you have recently been injured on someone else's property, you should understand what types of incidences commonly lead to legal action.

Report: Millions of immigrants eligible for driver's license

There are thousands of people who are living in Florida without the proper legal documentation. Some people have overstayed a visa or fled to the U.S. to escape dangerous situations without first going through the proper channels to secure permission. There are also many people who were brought here as children who are still without authorization. 

In recent years, there have been specific efforts made to help the young people in the last category: children without the proper permissions who are brought here by their parents. For example, in 10 states plus the District of Columbia, undocumented immigrants are able to get a driver's license.

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